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Moses SPRAGUE

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  • Name Moses SPRAGUE 
    Born Bef 1750 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 3 Jun 1771  [Machias, Washington] Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Bangor Historical Magazine, Volume 6
      edited by Joseph Whitcomb Porter
      p 18
      Mills at the eastward prior to 1800
      Herein is given some account of mills east of Penobscot River prior to 1800.
      Machias Mills
      [Lincoln County Records] Volume 8 Page 175
      1771 Sept 11 Stephen Young sold Nathaniel Sinclair 1/16 part of saw mill on Middle river, Machias, known by the name of Merry Meeting mill.
    • Nathl Sinkler
      in the 1790 United States Federal Census
      Name: Nathl Sinkler
      [Nathan Sinkler]
      Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Machias, Washington, Maine
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 3
      Free White Persons - Females: 3
      Number of Household Members: 8
      Year: 1790; Census Place: Machias, Washington, Maine; Series: M637; Roll: 2; Page: 165; Image: 100; Family History Library Film: 0568142

      Censuses after 1790: No Sinclairs in Machias

      John Sinkler
      in the Maine, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1800-1890
      Name: John Sinkler
      State: ME
      County: Washington County
      Township: Machias
      Year: 1770
      Page: 042
      Database: ME Early Census Index
      Ancestry.com. Maine, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1800-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

      [This Nathaniel Sinkler had a brother named John. No evidence he was in Maine. He was married around 1790]
      The history of the Sinclair family in Europe and America, for eleven hundred years : giving a genealogical and biographical his
      History of John Sinkler, of Exeter, N. H. Chapter VI. John Sinkler of Exeter, N. H. and his descendants
      p 89
      Nathaniel Sinkler b before 1737 Stratham, Rockingham, NH
      p 90
      After petitioning the government, permission was granted him March 19, 1777, "to export three hundred bushels of corn from Portsmouth to Machias."
      He married Deborah _____. He may have married the second time as Nathaniel Sarah Allen or Portsmouth July 1782 and no other Nathaniel Sinkler is known at that date. No mention of children upon any known records.
    • The Maine Historical Magazine, Volume 8
      p 83
      Notes about Machias
      John Sinkler: Blacksmith, sold land to Stephen Smith, 1773.
      Nathaniel Sinclair: Deputy Sherriff, Sept 11, 1771.

      The Baxter Manuscripts, Volume 14
      edited by James Phinney Baxter
      p 114
      Memorial of Inhabitants of Mass: Bay to Govr Huthinson
      ...
      John Sinkler
      ...
      Machias 9 November 1770
    Residence 1773  Machias, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1773  Grand Manan, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1774  Passamaquoddy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 27 Jul 1775  St Georges, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence C 1784  St Andrews Point, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence C 1784  Grand Manan, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 10 Jun 1784  Passamaquoddy, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Lists/PenobscotGroupSorted.html
      From Library and Archives Canada, Ward Chipman Papers, Muster Master General's Office - Loyalists Musters, 1776-1785
      (M.G. 23, D 1, Series I, Volume 24, pages 172-177) Microfilm C-9818
      The list below has been sorted in alphabetical order by surname, in order to isolate possible family groups.
      Return of Men, Women and Children of the Penobscot Loyalists Settled in the District of Passamaquoddy the 10th of June 1784
      Men: Moses Sprague
    Residence August 1784  not on Back Lands return Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grant 3 Aug 1784  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS686/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=3642
      Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997 (RS686)
      Name SPRAGE, Moses
      Volume NS-A
      Page 176
      Grant number 96
      Place Passamaquoddy
      County Sunbury
      Date 1785-05-21
      Accompanying plan No
      Acres 100
      Microfilm F16302
      Comment Re-registered NS Grant of 1784/08/03: Penobscot Association
      Other names on this grant (188):
    Residence 16 Mar 1785  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Saint John County Registry Books
      Volume A3 Page 265 [270/377]
      16 March 1785
      Moses Sprague yeoman St Andrews
      Ebenezer Greenlaw yeoman St Andrews
      50 pounds
      land upon the Grand Bay of Passamaquoddy
      Farm Lot 25 granted to Moses Sprague 3 August 1784
      situate, bounded and abutted as follows - vi: on the north East by part of the Bay of Passamaquoddy aforesaid lying between Chamcook Island and this abovementioned Lot
      on the South East by lot number twenty four granted to James Frost
      on the South west by the road separating this abovementioned lot from the land reserve for a common to the town of St Andrews
      and on the Northwest by Lot number twenty eight granted to David Shields
      100 acres
      Moses Sprague [His mark]
      Sarah Sprague
      Wit: James Frost, Thos Phillips
      St Andrews 16th March 1785
    Petition 17 Apr 1789 
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=58072
      RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name SPRAGUE, MOSES
      Year 1789
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1036
      See petition of SPRAGUE, MOSES
      All names on this petition : 2
      . OLDHAM GRANT, -----
      . SPRAGUE, MOSES

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1789 Ackerman, James - 1790 Bell, William
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288458
      8191396
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191396?cat=78954
      [662/831]

      To His Excellency Thos Carleton Esqr Lieut Governor and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of New Brunswick and Its Dependencies etc etc etc

      The Petition of Moses Sprague of Digdeguash Saint Patrick's Parish

      Humbly Sheweth

      That Your petitioner after settling and residing a number of years on a Lot of Land of Mr Curry's of which he had repeated promises of a deed from Said Curry but never could obtain one, to the Great Detriment of himself and Family.

      Wherefore he humbly prays your Excellency will be pleased to allow him a location of Government Land On the North East side of the Grand Bay part of Oldham's Escheated Lands which your Petitioner is Forthwith Ready to Settle and improve.

      And you Petitioner as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray
      Moses Sprague
      17th April 1789

      The petition of Moses Sprague
      To His Excellency Lieut Governr Carleton
      17th April 1789

      Asks 200 acres of land E side of Passamaquoddy Bay on the Tract formerly Granted to Oldham

      The tract is Vacant

      G S

      Complied with 6th Novr 1789
    Residence 17 Apr 1789  Digdeguash, Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1789-1796  Digdeguash, Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Loyalist Directory: Moses Sprage (Sprague?)
      Surname : Sprage (Sprague?)
      Given name : Moses
      Where Resettled : Didgeguash, Char. Co., NB
      Source : NYGBS; V39 N4 Oct 1908
      Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : Settled on his grant in 1789 & left in 1796.
      Other Info : Reference letters E; H
      E. Chiefly disbanded officers and soldiers of the 74th Highlanders who settled in Charlotte County.
      H. The Penobscot Association.
    • Vroom Papers via Shirley O'Neill
      Joel Bonney left the house referred to above. After living for a time on Grand Manan, he took up a new place at the mouth of the Digdeguash. Major McDonald left the following report on the settlement of this tract. "McIlroy and Stewart settled on the tract in 1788 and say they applied with Moses Sprague for 100 acres with forty rods on the shore, which they expected to farm. They set the sources of their side lines at NE by N with a mariners compass They live on the shore in a sort of partnership. Since Stewart's marriage they built separate houses but still occupy the land nearly as laid down in the plan. Sprague settled on the tract in 1789, made some improvements but left in 1796. Joel Bonney Sr settled on the head in 1790 and then moved back to the rear of the other settler of the Country Road in 1796 where he now resides. John Jameson settled on the tract in 1793 at a little marsh on the shore in opposition to the [missing the remainder]
    Residence 1796  Left Digdeguash Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 20 Feb 1817 
    Person ID I43745  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

    Father Abiel SPRAGUE,   b. 10 Nov 1710, Hingham, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1773, East Machias, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Hannah GETCHELL,   b. 22 Sep 1710, Yarmouth, Cumberland, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1788  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1744 
    • http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sprague-66
      Abiel Sprague 10 November 1710 - 24 October 1773
      m 17 June 1730
      Elizabeth Ashley 4 January 1711 - 24 October 1742
      m 2 June 1744
      Hannah Getchell 22 September 1710 - 16 October 1788
    _MARI 2 Jun 1744  North Yarmouth, Cumberland, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://archives.mainegenealogy.net/2010/04/north-yarmouth-intentions-and-marriages.html

      Source: A. W. Corliss, ed., Old Times [later The Westcustogo Chronicle]: devoted to the publication of documents relating to the early history of North Yarmouth, Maine, including Harpswell, Freeport, Cumberland, and Yarmouth, all offshoots of the old town: also genealogical records of the principal families in each town, Vol. 5 (Yarmouthville, Me.: A.W. Corliss, 1881).

      [p. 653]
      Intentions of Marriage,
      North Yarmouth, Maine
      (From the Records of North Yarmouth.)

      Abiah Sprague and Hannah Smith, 2 June 1744.
    Family ID F13612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah HATHORNE,   b. 1745?,   d. Aft 1785 
    Married 27 Jul 1775  St Georges, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage records, 1774-1856
      Authors: Maine. Supreme Judicial Court (Lincoln County) (Main Author), Maine. Court of General Sessions (Lincoln County) (Added Author)
      Marriage records, 1774-1856
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765423 Item 1
      https://familysearch.org/search/film/007733640?cat=581554
      [33/1200]
      Lincoln St Georges July 27, 1775 Then Moses Sprague and Sarah Hathorn both of St Georges were joined in Marriage. Coram David Hale Just Pacis
    Children 
     1. Sarah SPRAGUE,   b. [1781-1784]?,   d. Bef 1840 CENSUS
     2. John SPRAGUE,   b. *[1794], Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1856
    Family ID F16534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    St Andrews Rural 1805
    St Andrews Rural 1805
    A look at the families living on the Penobscot Association Grant in the rural part of St Andrews, New Brunswick, around 1805.

  • Notes 
    • The first indication we have of a Moses Sprague in eastern Maine was a court record from 1771 when he was called as a witness. The case regarding an assault at Machias was brought before the Court of General Sessions held at Pownalborough. So he was likely living at Machias by that time. In 1773, Moses, along as Abiel Sprague, James Sprague and Joel Bonney moved to Grand Manan with the intent of operating a lumbering business, but were soon expelled by the Indians there. [Although it is said that Moses Sprague was associated with Abiel Sprague, James Sprague and Joel Bonney, Bonney does not mention him in a depostion, given in 1817.]

      The men resettled across the bay on the Digdeguash River. Abiel's movements didn't end there, as he later lived at St Stephen, Calais and Baileyville. James settled at Calais too and died there in 1799. Bonney stayed on the Digdeguash for several years before eventually settling on the Magaguadavic River. Moses eventually went to Digdeguash too, but not before spending time at St Georges, Maine and St Andrews. He lived at Digdeguash from 1789 through 1796, when, according to Joel Bonney, he left. After this, we don't know where Moses went, but it is possible he went to Eastport.

      While living in St Andrews, Moses was granted a farm lot with the Loyalistst in 1784. He sold it in 1785; this is probably when he moved to Digdeguash. The deed was registered in Saint John instead of Charlotte County, so we are left to wonder if perhaps he lived there for a time. A return of inhabitants of St Andrews from 1784 lists Moses, but no other Spragues. We do know he had a family, one perhaps pre-dating this 1784 accounting.

      When Moses applied for a grant of land in Digdeguash in 1789 he mentioned that he and his family had waited for a deed from the purported owner of the land for several years. No details of his family were mentioned in the petition. We find a baptism record for John son of "Mr Sprage of St Patricks" in 1794, certainly a son of Moses. We also know that Moses's wife was named Sarah, from the 1785 deed. They may be the Moses Sprague who married Sarah Hathorne at St Georges in 1774.

      We cannot trace Moses after he left Digdeguash around 1796. His son John is probably the same who lived at Deer Island, and later Eastport and Machiasport, and who married Mary Ann Heney in 1818. A Sarah Sprague was married in Eastport in 1806, who may be another child. We find no record of his wife remarrying, and she doesn't seem to appear in the households of her children in later censuses.

      The Spragues and the Bonneys were connected through marriage as well as their settlement in the wilds of eastern Maine, as Joel Bonney married Moses's sister Elizabeth. Moses was also connected to the Greenlaws. He had sold his St Andrews lot to Ebenezer Greenlaw in 1785. Ebenezer's brother Charles married Mercy Hathorne, sister of Moses's wife Sarah. Mercy was first married to Alexander Jameson, whose family married into the Bonneys as well.

      Ebenezer Greenlaw had been granted a lot in St Andrews in the same grant as Moses Sprague and a few hundred others. The lot was about 9 miles outside of town, and ostensibly 100 acres. He never settled the lot, finding it without "Sufficient Quantity of good Land for Cultivation." With a large family in tow, he needed to settle down quickly, so he purchased Lot 25 from Moses Sprague. It certainly suited Ebenezer's needs, because he and his family stayed there for decades. It was a choice lot too, being right outside of town. Moses moved to Digdeguash with the men he had started a lumber operation with, presumably to carry on that business. Still, one wonders why Moses would give up a sure thing for speculation, but it seems to have been his nature.
    • Moses Sprague's 1789 petition indicates that he had a family, but there were no details.

      Kirk McColl, St Stephen, St Stephen, Charlotte, NB
      Mrs Sprague was buried 16 Decr 1811
      [This could be Jane Dyer m James Sprague]

      Registry Books -1838: Nil. Jeremiah Sprague s James Sprague s Abiel was living in Saint Patrick in 1823. His son Edward was living on the lot in the 1860s but left for Maine.
      Early NB Probate: Nil
      Johnson's Vitals: Nil
      Old Soldiers: Nil
      Theodore Holmes: Nil
      Esther Clark Wright: Moses Sprague St Andrews
      Eastport Sentinel: Nil
      All Saints Anglican: Nil
      St Andrews Assessment 1822: Nil
      Saint Patrick Assessment 1822: Nil
      Saint Patrick Assessment 1831: John Spreague
      Census 1790: Nil
      Census 1800: Nil
      Census 1810: Nil
      Return of Back Lands Passamaquoddy August 1784: Nil
      NB Petitions: Joel Bonney also petitioned for the Oldham Grant
      Cumberland County Registry Books 1760-1870: Nil
      NEHGS: Checked 28 January 2020
      Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors: 1 Hingham 2 240 miles travel from Ft Edward
      Maine Soldiers and Sailors: Nil
      Washington County Regitry Books: Checked
      Lincoln County Registry Books 1760-1790; 1796-1800: Nil
      Hancock County Registry Books: Nil
      Massachusetts Archives Card Index: Nil for him or wife

      Marriages
      31 Oct 1803 DeWeber Benjamin Sprague Hannah 48
    • Lot 25 St Andrews

      See Ebenezer Greenlaw for detail of lot history.

      RS686 :: Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997
      Name SPRAGE, Moses
      Volume NS-A
      Page 176
      Grant number 96
      Place Passamaquoddy
      County Sunbury
      Date 1785-05-21
      Accompanying plan No
      Acres 100
      Microfilm F16302
      Comment Re-registered NS Grant of 1784/08/03: Penobscot Association
      Other names on this grant (188):
      Lot 25 near Katy's Cove.
      To Ebenezer Greenlaw
    • http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Glimpses/XCVI.html

      Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
      December 21, 1893

      GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

      Contributions to the History of Charlotte County and the Border Towns.

      XCVI DIGDEGUASH-Continued.

      Joel Bonney left the house referred to above; but, after living for a time on Grand Manan, took up a new place at the mouth of the Digdeguash. Maj McDonald has left the following report on the settlement of this tract:-

      McIlroy and Stewart Settled on the tract in 1788 and say they applied with Moses Sprage for 100 acres each that they expected a front of 40 Rods on the Shore, and with a mariner?s compass set the courses of their side lines at NE & by N that they lived and improved in a kind of partnership together on the Shore, but since Stewart?s marriage that they separated Houses, and occupied the land nearly as laid down in this plan. Sprague settled on the tract in 1789, made some improvements as on the plan, and left in 1796. Joel Boney Senior settled on the Head in 1790 which he cleared all up and then moved back in the rear of the other settlers on the County Road in 1796 where he now resides. John Jameson settled on the tract in 1793 at a little Marsh on the Shore in opposition to Stewart & McIlroy who had fenced in the marsh, and conveyed his claim to Joel Boney Junr. when he left it in 1797. Joel Boney Junr has since been Settled on the tract till this year (1804) when he went to the United States.
    • http://www.oldmainepastor.com/settlement-of-machias.html

      Settlement of Machias

      Abiel, James and Moses Sprague along with Joel Bonney attempted to set up a lumbering operation on Grand Manan Island in NB, Canada but ran into opposition by the Indians. They agreed to leave but stayed the winter during which a son was born to Bonney, the first white child to be born on the Island and who later became a Baptist minister. In the spring of 1780 they moved to the St Stephen area where they were involved in a lumbering operation in Digedquash with some 42 others.
    • RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name GRENLAW, EBENEZER
      Year 1785
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1026
      See petition of GRENLAW, EBENEZER
      GRENLAW, EBENEZER
      SPRAGUE, MOSES

      To His Excellency Thomas Carlton, Esqr Capt General, Governor in Chief in & Over His Majesties Provance of New Brunswick & its Dependancies, Vice Admiral of the Same and Chancelar &c &c &c

      Humbly Representing unto Your Excellency that I Ebenezer Grenlaw, Belonging unto Bagaduce Cove Who have Myself & Family Suffered Much during the Late Rebbelion they Robing me in taking My interest and Barbarously abusing Myself and Family Which Docter Calph and Mr Mathew Limeburner can truely asertain & having in a great Measure Lost My all Because of My attachment to Government. With Grief I Left My Habitation in October the twentyeth 1783 in a distressing time of the Season not having any Habitation nor Place Suitable alloted for me to Build upon, I Remained in the Town with my Family untill Next Spring, Not seeing any Prospect of a Proper Lot of Land to Settle upon. Needsessity Oblidging me thereto I Bargained with One Mosses Spragues for a Lot of Wild Land Laying to the Northward of Mr James Frosts adjoining his Side Line & Running 100 Rods front on the Course of the Shore to Mr Marjioles Southernmost Side Line & from each Side Line Bounds half a Mile Back to Compleat a hundred acres. Altho he the Said Mr Mosses Spragues had only Cut down a Little of the Growth I was Obligedto Give him [netos] of hand for fifty Pounds Halifax Currency. He at the Same time Gave me a Bond with a Penalty therein Oblidging himself to Deliver me an Authenticated deed when Granted By Court of Halifax. But it Pleasing His Majesty to apoint & Establish a New Provance of Course the deeds are Confirmed By Your Excellencys Authority & Mr Spragues at the Same time took up another Lot of Land upon Granmanan.

      Your Memorialist therefore humbly Graves Your Notice thereof tho Not personally Attending Wheither the Said Lot I Bought of Mr Spragues on St Andrews point May With Submission be granted To Me on his Account & if Granted to Him on his Behalf it May not be any detriment to What Land thats allowd from Government to me and My family I Humbly Pray Your Excellency Either to Grant the Said Lot unto me as a Gratitious Gift from His Majesty & Government of Otherwise to Me on Mr Spragues account for if I should be Obliged to Remove from said Lot it Would Reduce Myself and Family Miserable as I have Nine in Family and a Considerable improvement upon Said Lot I Purchased of the Said Spragues

      & Moreover if it Please Your excellency to Grant unto Me and My Heirs a a Confirmation of a Small island Called White Wood Island Laying to the eastward of North of Champkook Island so Called Containing about thirty or forty acres the --- which if Your Excellency is pleased to Grant and Establish Would in some Measure With Gods Blessing in My Lawfull endeavoures Contribute to the Subsistence of Myself and Family.

      All these Humble Petitions & Representations your Memorialists Humbly Submiteth unto your Excellency Judgement for Whom & forever I am in Duty Bound to Pray for

      I Pry that the God of all Judgement Grace & Mercy May Bless Your Excellencies Loyal endeavours is the Prayer of Loyal Subject
      Ebenezer Grenlaw
      St Andrews New Brunswick
      February the 21st 1785

      Ebenezer Grenlaw
      Assess a confirmation of Land at St Andrews Point, (bounded as herein is particularly ascertained) which he purchased of Moses Spragues

      And of a small Island called White Wood Island, lying to the North East of Chamkook Island conts about 30 or 40 acres

      Referred

      In Council 15th April 1785
      White Wood Island to be considered - the other is a private question.

      Recd 3d March 1785

      The Humble Petition of Ebenezer Grenlaw to His Excellency Thomas Carlton Esqr
    • Grant at Digdeguash that appears to have been redistributed to the 74th.

      RS686 :: Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997
      Name SPRAGUE, Abiel
      Volume NS-A
      Page 304
      Grant number 133
      Place Digdeguash, Passamaquoddy Bay
      County Sunbury
      Date 1787-03-09
      Accompanying plan No
      Acres 300
      Microfilm F16302
      Comment Re-registered NS Grant of 1784/03/29
      Other names on this grant (41)

      http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbstpatr/grants/jc1784.htm
      On March 29, 1784 a large grant (1) of 15250 acres along the Digdeguash River was made to John Curry and 42 others by the government of Nova Scotia (the area then being part of Sunbury County, NS).

      Sprague Abiel 300
      Sprague James 300

      http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Glimpses/LIII.html
      Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
      February 2, 1893
      GLIMPSES OF THE PAST
      Contributions to the History of Charlotte County and the Border Towns.
      LIII. OTHER PRE-LOYALIST SETTLERS.
      After the peace of 1783, Curry, who was carrying on a lumber business on the Digdeguash, seems to have lost no time in getting a further grant of timber-land on the upper waters of that river from the governor of Nova Scotia; knowing that if he did not secure it there would soon be other applicants...
      ...Abiel Sprague...
      ...James and Jones Dyer and Abiel Sprague were among the pioneers of Calais...

      See Nova Scotia Archives for map:

      http://novascotia.ca/archives/virtual/landpapers/archives.asp?ID=260&Doc=map&Page=201101044
    • Oldham Grant

      http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Glimpses/XL.html
      Augustine Oldham?s grant of 10,000 acres, of the same date, is described as:-
      Beginning at a little cove in Passamaquoddy bay and running east six hundred and forty chains on lands granted to Edward Crosby, thence north one hundred and eighty chains on ungranted lands, thence west to the second river in said Bay, thence to be bounded by said river and bay to the bounds first mentioned.

      RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name OLDHAM GRANT, -----
      Year 1788
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1034
      See petition of ASTON, DANIEL
      Researchers should note that when a 'Name' has been drawn from a petition submitted by someone else or by a group, the 'See Petition of:' column directs them to the name under which the document is filed and microfilmed.
      All names on this petition : 4
      . ASTON, DANIEL
      . MCILROY, JOHN
      . OLDHAM GRANT, -----
      . STEWART, JAMES

      RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name OLDHAM GRANT, -----
      Year 1789
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1036
      See petition of MUCKLEROY, JOHN
      Researchers should note that when a 'Name' has been drawn from a petition submitted by someone else or by a group, the 'See Petition of:' column directs them to the name under which the document is filed and microfilmed.
      All names on this petition : 4
      . AUSTIN, BENJAMIN
      . MUCKLEROY, JOHN
      . OLDHAM GRANT, -----
      . STEWART, WILLIAM
    • Moses Sprague was ordered to give evidence against Jeremiah O'Brien in 1771.

      Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions (Lincoln County)
      At his Majesty's Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln on the first Tuesday of June, being the third day of said Month, Anno que Domini 1771
      Court dockets 1834-1842 Court records v. 1-4 1761-1816
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765424
      7856980
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856980?cat=581614
      [302/1111]
      Lincoln Ss Anno Regni Regis Georgii Tertii Magna Britannia, Francia & Hibernia &c undecimo
      At his Majesty's Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln on the first Tuesday of June, being the third day of said Month Anno que Domini 1771
      [304/1111]
      Volume 1 Page 101
      Nathaniel Sinclair & Moses Sprague each recognized to his Majesty in L20 each, conditioned that they appear next Term to give Evidence upon a presentments against one Obrien & others for a Riots
      ...
      Order issued June 10 1771

      [306/1111]
      Lincoln Ss Anno Regn REgis Geogii Tertii Maggna Britannia Francis et Hibernia
      At his Majesty's Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough withing and for the County of Lincoln on the last Tuesday of September being the 24th day of said Month Anno que Domini 1771
      [310/1111]
      Volume 1 Page 107
      Dominus Rex vs Jeremiah Obrien residing at a place called Mechias in said County yeoman upon a presentment of the Gran Inquest of the Body of the County aforesd against him & others for that the said Jeremiah together with one Samuel Kenney, Joshua Webster & James Sutherland, on the third day of November last at said Mechias in said County with force and arms unlawfully, riotously & routously did assemble and gather together to disturb the peace of our Lord the King and so being then and there assembled and gathered together in and upon one Jonathan Longfellow Esqr one of his Majesty's Justices of the peace within and for the same County in the peace of God and of our said Lord the King then and there being unlawfully riotously and routously did make an assault and him the said Jonathan [sic] then and there unlawlfully, riotously and routously did beat would and evilly intreat, and other Enormities to him did to the great damage of the said Jonathan Longfellow in evil Example of all others in the Case offending and against the peace &c- And to the said presentment the said Jeremiah pleads not guilty.

      Whereupon a Jury was sworn according to Law to try this issue between our said Lord the King and the said Jeremiah, who after a full hearing upon their Oaths say that the Deft is Guilty, It is therefore considered by said Court that he pay a fine of forty Shillings and Costs and give Bonds, with two Sureties for his good Behaviour si months, himself principal i L40 with two Sureties in L20 each, standing committed till his Sentence by performed.

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      Samuel Kenney being solemnly called to come into Court to save himself and Bail, did not appear but made Default.

      Jeremiah Obrien admitted a Retailer in Mechais
      Sureties
      Daniel Stone, Morris Obrien

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      http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mealhn/books/mehist_v14.pdf
      Collections of the Maine Historical Society
      Second Series
      Documentary History of the State of Maine
      Volume 14
      Containing the Baxter Manuscripts
      Edited by James Phinney Baxter AM Litt D
      Portland
      Lefavor-Tower Company
      1910
      p 112
      Jonathan Longfellow's Memorial to Govr Hutchinson
      Provence of the Masachusets Bay. To the Honourable Thomas Hutchinson Esqr Lieut Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Said provence
      Jonathan Longfellow of Machias in the County of Lincoln, humbly Represents to your honor, that since your Memorialist was appointed by your honor, as one of his Majestys justices of the peace for said County, a number of the inhabitants of Machias who are enemies to all law, and government, have Combined together against your Memorialist, for no other Reason; but, for that of his being a Civil magistrate; they have at divers times put your memorialist in great Bodily fear, by meanaces and threatening speaches; and on Saturday the third day of November, as your memorialist was in the publick highway, in the peace of God and the King, four of the said disaffected persons; vis Samuel Kenney, Jeremiah Obrion, James Southerland, and Joshua Webster, did attack the person of your memorialist, and in a violent manner threw him down uppon the ground; and then Beat, and mawled your memorialist with their fists, in a most Barbarour manner, so that your memorialist is wholly disenabled from going about his common business, and what makes his Situation still more unhappy is, that there is no Magistrate nigher than Goldsboro, which is about twenty leagues from this place; and those that where there, are now gone to Boston, and the Season of the year approaching, that makes it dificult passeing either by land or water; So that it is impossible for your memorialist to Receive any present Relief, in the disabled circumstances that he is now in.

      Your memorialist would allso Represent to your honor, that, except he can have some other persons appointed as Justices of the peace in this place, he must Resign his Commission; t being impossible for him to do his duty without being the continual danger of his life from the lawless party, who are daly giveing out threatning speaches against any Civil officer, that shall presume to take any one of their party; and that they are determined to Support themselves by Clubb law. Concious of the deep wisdom of your honor, he most humbly Submits his hard case, and the agravated treatment he has Recieved, in consequence of his being appointed one of his majestys Justices; most humbly imploreing your honor to take the premises into Consideration, and grant such Relief, as your honor, in your known great wisdom and impartiality, shall deem most for the advancement of Justice, and the preservation of peace, order, and good government
      and as in duty bound Shall ever pray
      Jonathan Longfellow
      Machias Novmber 8th 1770


      Memorial of Inhabitanst of Mass: Bay to Govr Hutchinson
      Provence of the Masachusets Bay To the Honorable Thomas Hutchinson Esqre Lieut Governor and Commander in Chief, in and over his majestys Said provence.

      The Subscribers, inhabitants of machias in the County of Lincoln, humbly Represent to your honor; that they bare true and faithfull Allegiance to his majesty King George, and are willing and desireous of supportin Civil Government as far as lies in their power, adn very much lament that they are obliged to Represent to your honor, that a number of their Neighbors, and fellow inhabitants, seem to be otherwise inclined, which by their Condiuct is but too evident; that they haveing by many Repeated and open acts of violence, Shewn their disaffection to all order and good Government. They have divers times put his Majesty's quiet and peaceable Subjects, in this place, in great Bodily fear; not only by threatning speaches; but likewise by heavy Blows. They have at divers times assembled together in a Rioutious manner; pulled down their neighbours buildings; and have beat or abused all those, who offered to oppose them and on the third day of Novmber four of them, vis Samuel Kenney, Jeremiah Obrion, James Southerland, and Joshua Webster, did attack, in the publick highway, when in the peace of God and the King, the person whom youre honour was pleased to appoint, as a Civil magistrate in this place; and in a violent manner threw him down upon the ground then beat and brused him to such a degree, that he is now incapable of going about his common business. And what makes his Situation still more replorable, is that there is no magistrate within twenty leagues of this place, that he can apply to for Relief, and assistance.

      Your memorialists would likewise Represent to your honor, the absolute necessity of having another Justice appointed in this place, and that it will be impossible to suppress the present disorders; excepting there is one or more persons appointed to that office.

      Conscious of the deep wisdom of your honor, we most humbly Submit our Case. Most humbly imploreing your honor to tkae the premises into consideration, and grant such Relief, as your honor, in your Known great wisdom, and impartiality, Shall deem most for the advancement of Justice, and the preservation of peace, order and good Government.

      And as in duty bound Shall Ever pray
      Abier Sprague
      William Corliss
      Ephrai Andrews
      Joseph Libbee
      Daniel Hill
      Stephen James
      Isaac Larrabee
      Stephen Young
      Stephen Parker
      Ezekiel Libbee
      Samuel Rich
      John Scott
      Joseph Sevey
      John Sinkler
      Benja Foster
      James Dilbeney
      Jacob Foster
      Reuben Libby
      Wooden Foster
      John Warren
      Jhn Wooden Foster
      Nathl Tinkler
      Will How
      John Bevveys
      Samuel Scott
      Benja Getchel
      Isaiah foster
      Thomas Knight
      Japhet Shithen
      Joseph Getchel
      Amos Boynton
      David Longfellow
      William Albee
      James Shaw
      Nathan Longfellow
      Machias Novmber 9th 1770

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      Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions (Lincoln County)
      At his Majesty's Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln on the first Tuesday of June, being the third day of said Month, Anno que Domini 1771
      Court dockets 1834-1842 Court records v. 1-4 1761-1816
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765424
      7856980
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856980?cat=581614
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      Volume 1 Page 101
      Nathaniel Sinclair & Moses Sprague each recognized to his Majesty in L20 each, conditioned that they appear next Term to give Evidence upon a presentments against one Obrien & others for a Riots
      see [310/1111]
      [See Lincoln County Probate records to 1800 mentioning Nathaniel Sinclair of Machias]

      Volume 1 Page 107
      Dominus Rex vs Jeremiah Obrien residing at a place called Mechias in said County yeoman upon a presentment of the Gran Inquest of the Body of the County aforesd against him & others for that the said Jeremiah together with one Samuel Kenney, Joshua Webster & James Sutherland, on the third day of November last at said Mechias in said County with force and arms unlawfully, riotously & routously did assemble and gather together to disturb the peace of our Lord the King and so being then and there assembled and gathered together in and upon one Jonathan Longfellow Esqr one of his Majesty's Justices of the peace within and for the same County in the peace of God and of our said Lord the King then and there being unlawfully riotously and routously did make an assault and him the said Jonathan [sic] then and there unlawlfully, riotously and routously did beat would and evilly intreat, and other Enormities to him did to the great damage of the said Jonathan Longfellow in evil Example of all others in the Case offending and against the peace &c- And to the said presentment the said Jeremiah pleads not guilty.

      Whereupon a Jury was sworn according to Law to try this issue between our said Lord the King and the said Jeremiah, who after a full hearing upon their Oaths say that the Deft is Guilty, It is therefore considered by said Court that he pay a fine of forty Shillings and Costs and give Bonds, with two Sureties for his good Behaviour si months, himself principal i L40 with two Sureties in L20 each, standing committed till his Sentence by performed.
    • Other Spragues married in Eastport before 1830
      Daniel Sprague m 1814 Nancy Batson s Samuel Sprague m Mary Benner
      John Sprague m 1809 Sarah Lincoln s Samuel Sprague m Mary Benner
    • Although it is said that Moses Sprague was associated with Abiel Sprague, James Sprague and Joel Bonney, Bonney does not mention him in his depostion.

      Letters and Documents Relating to the History and Settlement of the Island of Grand Manan

      https://books.google.com/books?id=k_hGAQAAMAAJ&ppis=_c&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
      Collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society, Volume 1, Issue 3
      Page 341
      Letters and Documents Relating to the History and Settlement of the Island of Grand Manan
      With an Introduction and Notes
      by Jonas Howe
      Page 346
      In 1779 Joel Bonney, Abiel Sprague, Abiel Sprague and James Sprague, with their families, removed from Machias and sought peace and shelter on Grand Manan. These men remained loyal to the crown, and refused to abandon their allegiance. They had been engaged in the lumber industry at Magaguadavic river, and in consequence of the scarcity of provisions, caused by the cessation of intercourse with New England, had to removed to Machias to find support for their families. In consequence of their loyalty their residence at Machias became unpleasant, and they removed with their families to Grand Manan, where they built buts, and sought to sustain themselves as best they could. The place still retains the number of the leader, and is known as Bonny's Brook. During their enforced residence on Grand Manan, a communication (which is printed in this article) was received from Lewis Frederick Delesdernier. dated Machias 4 June 1779, who signed himself "ADC and Acting Secretary to the Commanding offiver of this Place, etc." The commanding officer at Machias was John Allan, the son of a British army sergeant who had emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1749 with Governor Cornwallis, and assisted in founding the City of Halifax, and was then a magistrate in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, and a worthy and respectable man. Lewis Frederick Delesdernier was also the on of a resident of Cumberland County, Moses Delesdernier, and both had been engaged with Jonathan Eddy, another Cumberland man whose military career is interwoven with the history of Machias, in and abortive attempt in 1776 to capture Fort Cumberland, a fortress at the head of the Bay of Fundy. Joel Bonny had been an ensign in a provincial corps in early manhood, during the war with the French, and tradition says carried the colors of his corps at the storming of Detroit, and from experience was probably better able than his companions to judge of the importance of the contents of Mr Delesdernier's letter. Without delay he and his companions returned to Machias, and had a conference with the Indians who claimed the island, and who agreed to allom them to remain unmolested on payment of ten dollars and a heifer which they had taken to the island with them.

      ...
      Page 352
      Letter of Moses Gerrish to Hon Ward Chipman
      Grand Manan Feby 20th 1817
      ...
      In 1773 Messrs Abiel Sprague, James Sprague, Moses Sprague and Joel Bonney moved fromm Machias to this Island, probably with a view of continuing here; but in 1775 they were ordered to move off the Island by Indians, on account, it is said, of the unjury the Indians supposed they did to their hunting; though I have had differencet accounts of the cause of their removal, but they complied with the order of the Indians and moved over to Passamaquoddy, instead returning to Machias.

      The only survivor of the four men before mentioned is Joel Bonny, who now lives on Maguagadavic River, whose testimony I reccomend your obtaining, if possible. Mr Bonny is an old man, but would doubtless wait on you by the first of April or sooner at your request.

      It is not impossible but that Mr Bonny or one of the Spragues, during their residence here, might have attended a Justice's Court, either as a plaintiff, defendant, or witness, at Campobello-a material point in proof of the exercise of an act of Jurisdiction over Grand Manan from the Government of Nova Scotia.

      ...
      Any further commands you may have respecting this Island, I shall be happy to execute; and regret that it is not in my power to prove that Grand Manan was under the Jurisdiction of Nova Scotia before the peace of 1783
      ...

      ...
      Page 358
      Deposition of Joel Bonney

      Joel Bonney of the Parish of St George in the County of Charlotte in the Province of New Brunswick aged seventy seven years [1740], deposeth and saith, that at the commencement of the American Revollutionary War he resided at Diggedeguash in the said County and finding it very difficult there to procure support and provisions for his family he removed at an early period of the War to Machias where he resided for some years, but being a loyal subject of His Majesty and having in the old French War, which was terminated in the year 1763, held the Commission of Ensign in His Majesty's Service, he constantly refused to bear arms or to take part with the American,s in consequence of which he was so much disturbed and harrassed that early in the year 1779 he removed to the Island of Grand Manan in order to be within the Britis Government and protection, under which he conceived the said Island to remain as being a part of the Province of Nova Scotia. That his brothers in law Abiel Sprague and James Sprague, who are both since dead, accompanied him with their families to the said Island, which was at that time altogether uninhabited expect by Indians. That soon after their arrival on said Island they received notification to quit the said Island, which the Deponent now retains in his custody and exhibits at the time of taking this Deposition to which the same is annexed being marked A. That after receiving the said notification the Deponent and his companions came to Passamaquoddy, where they had conference with the Indians, who agreed to let them remain and winter on the said Island on condition of their paying ten dollars each to the said Indians-that they accordingly remained on the said Island during that year and left it in the Spring of 1780, when the Deponent removed to Diggdeguash aforesaid then also and still remaining under the British Government and protection, under which he has resided within the said County of Charlotte ever since.
      Joel Bonney
      New Brunswick
      Charlotte SS

      Be it remembered that on the thirteenth day of May in the year of our Lord 1817 before me Donald McLauchan Esquire, on of His Majesty's Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Charlotte in the Province of New Brunswick, presonally appeared the above named Joel Bonney and being duly sworn on he Holy Evangelists of Almights God made oath that the matters contains in the foregoing deposition by him subscribed are just and true; the said Joel Bonney being at the timeof full and sound memory and understanding.
      Don McLauchlan JP

      Exhibit A
      Mechias June 4th 1779
      Gentlemen
      At a Conference with the Merrisheete, Penobscot, and Passamaquoddy Tribes of Indians, on the 28th May past, complain was made by said Indians, That a Number of Inhabitants, Subjects of America, had Taken possession & where makeing Improvements on an Island call'd Grand Manan the property of said Indians.
      Upon examination It was found you & Familys had Done This & the most Evil Consequences might be Expected from such proceedings.
      you ust know Gentlemen, That this Island has Accation'd much Duspute between the Court of France & the Court of Great Britain in Former times, and now the Court of Great Britain claims it as theres as they say it Belonds to Accadia or Nova Scotia contrary to their Former claims. However let this be as it will, it was Left for the Benefit of the Indians, who had no Concern in the Dispute and who had the original right, in thi Case it was Guaranteed to them by promise in Behlaf of the United States, till a further Ditermination of Congress or any other Sutable authority.
      I do therefor War you to leave without Delay the said Island, as you will answer the Consiquence at your Peril, for a Breech of Treaty between the United States and said Tribes of Idians, and I have farter to Warn you That the Greatiest Threats is thrown out against you by said Indians, The Execution of which will ot be in the power of the Superintendent & Agent to prevent.
      Therefor if any difficulty befalls you or your Familys it will be your own faults as you now have Sufficient Notice.
      I am, In behalf of the Continental Agent.
      Your verry humble Servant
      Lew's Fred'k DeLesdernier
      ADC and acting Secretary to the Commanding officer of this PLace &c
      To Messrs Abial & James Spragues & Joel Bonny
      now inhabitant of the Island of Grand Manan

      Page 360
      Joel Bonney
      From his grandson, Mr Chas Jamieson, of St Stephen, we learn that Joel Bonney was born in Pembroke, Conn (now Mass), and was of Welsh descent. He was a very stout and able main, six feet and one inch in height and remarkably fine looking. He fought in the French and Indian wars, and was present as an ensign at the taking of Detroit, and tradition says that it was he who pulled down the French colors when the British entered the fort. As a carpenter and millwright her came to Machias in 1763 to help in building the first mill there. By the year 1770 the settlements in that neighborhood had greatly increased and seven saw mills had been built. He lived for a time on Grand Manan, where one of his children was born, who is said to have been the first white child born on the island. At Digdeguash Joel Bonney assisted in the building of a mill for John Curry and also a residence . His own house stood on the east side of the river, some distance south of the highway road that now leads to St George. Bonny River in the vicinity preserves his name. He received his grant of land at Digdeguash March 28 1784. As stated in his deposition, Joel Bonney was obliged to leave his place at Digdeguash for a time on account of circumstances arising out of the war. He returned in 1780 and, some years later, took up a new place at the mouth of Digdeguash. Major McDonald, in the year 1804, said "Joel Bonney, senior, settled on he Head in 1790, which he cleared all up and then moved back in the rear of the other settlers on the county road in 1796, where he now resides." After living some year at Digdeguash he removed to Portland, Maine, where he died about the year 1824 at the age of 84 years [1740].

  • Sources 
    1. [S3989] Petition of Ebenezer Greenlaw 1785, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (21 February 1785).